Given a choice between being in your virtual body and your real body, you will choose your virtual body every time. Therefore, your biological body will become irrelevant.
At the same time, technology will be advancing. A variety of research efforts will be creating the ability to house your brain – just your brain – in a small container that will keep it in perfect environmental conditions. A number of companies will be advertising Brain Storage Facilities, where your brain and thousands of others are stored in hardened steel and concrete buildings that are impervious to bombs, earthquakes, hurricanes and so on.
The largest benefit of these Brain Storage Facilities will be the promise of increased longevity. The facility will provide your brain with the blood, oxygen and nutrients that it needs to thrive. By monitoring these variables closely, and by eliminating all of the physical and hormonal shocks that come from a normal biological body, your brain will be able to survive far longer than it ever would inside a biological body.
For all of these reasons, you will make the decision to discard your body. All of your friends will be doing it -- it will be the "normal" thing to do. You will choose a Brain Storage Facility and sign up for life-long care. With the decision made, you will have once last trip to make in your biological body.
Leaving your body
You will also feel signals from your body that are unfamiliar to you in the virtual world. For example, the need to eliminate waste will be signaled to your brain by your bladder and large intestines. The whole idea of going to the restroom, using toilet paper and smelling your waste products will be repugnant, but your biological body leaves you no other option. You will feel drafts. Your feet will get blisters. You will feel itching - something that never happens with your virtual body. Your vision and hearing will be far less crisp and precise as they are in the virtual world. When you knock against things, you will feel pain.
Then you will walk downstairs to participate in the most absurd part of real-world life -- physical travel. The ride to the facility will take two hours as you move the physical atoms of your biological body to a new location in the physical universe. Travel in the Vertebrane world is, of course, instantaneous, so this aspect of the physical world will be particularly grating. You will use the travel time to connect back into the Vertebrane World.
After the transfer is complete, your brain will awaken from the anesthesia and you will find yourself back in your virtual world. You will continue your life in your virtual body, enjoying your virtual existence just as you were doing when your brain was housed in a biological body. However, your brain will now be in one of the safest places on earth, and it will be able to live far longer than it ever could have inside a biological body.
The Brain Storage Facility will throw your biological body in an incinerator. You will discard your biological body quite happily, and it will not seem like a loss at all. It will be a relief. Discarding your body will be the smart, logical and obvious thing to do.
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